All posts by Elaine Van Develde

In Memoriam: Former Longtime Rumsonite, Sailor, Teacher, Sandy Huntsman, 88

Former longtime Rumsonite, avid sailor, founder of the Huntsman Yacht Club, dedicated teacher, story and joke teller, wine connoisseur, lover of good a good meal, husband, father and friend to many, Paul A. Huntsman, Jr. (Sandy), passed away on Nov. 26 the Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank. He was 88.

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Retro ‘Mod’ Rainy Day RFH Senior Lounging

Lounging in the RFH Senior Lounge on a "free" with Jim Scanlon and Mark Cardwell Photo/George Day
Lounging in the RFH Senior Lounge on a “free” with Jim Scanlon and Mark Cardwell
Photo/George Day

A reprise from Oct. 1, 2015 to give a little cheer on a dank pandemic day. Unmasked close RFH lounging encounters were always an adventure of some sort … 

There was nothing quite like becoming a senior at RFH and being able to hang out in a special lounge just for you and your classmates, especially on a rainy Monday.

Nothing was getting anyone down if they were senior lounging in the cozy RFH indoors. Of course, there was always something seniors were up to. Call it mod. Literally. 

Those were the days — in the 1970s.

The whole senior scene, in fact, was quite mod, or literally modular.

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A Retro Happy Thanksgiving from the Kids’ Table

Thanksgiving at the kids' table in the 1960s with Kate and Ben Hamilton Photo/Hamilton family
Thanksgiving at the kids’ table in the 1960s with Kate and Ben Hamilton
Photo/Hamilton family

Our annual Thanksgiving tribute to the kids’ table … Remember that? Happy Thanksgiving, all! Stay safe. Stay healthy. Enjoy!

It’s Thanksgiving, and, yes, it’s all about giving thanks.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day is an ode to just that.

It’s a snapshot back in time to the 1960s with a sibling duo from Fair Haven — Ben and Kate Hamilton. Ben passed away and Kate had posted this picture on Facebook giving thanks for him. RIP, Ben.

The photo brings back memories of the era the kids’ holiday table. Remember that one?

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Retro Thanksgiving Shopping Deals

There may be fewer people at the table this pandemic time Thanksgiving, but people seem to be cooking up a storm of traditional treats and doing the holiday in grande style in the smallest of ways. So, look back with us again at just what it used to cost to shop for the feast … Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Oh, it’s that time — when people were out gobbling up final hour deals on their Thanksgiving meal ingredients.

So, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day take us back to one supermarket of the past, another old standard, and turkey dinner deals of the 1960s or 70s? Guess what year these Red Bank Register ads were published.

Remember Finast? Remember where it was? Well, the store’s turkey day sale involved the bird at 49 cents a pound or a beef roast for 98.

And how about this Foodtown ad? The offer there was the same for the Thanksgiving bird — 49 cents per pound. Though the Foodtown roast was $1.09. And how about those nuts at 39 cents? If only the price of nuts wasn’t so nuts nowadays. Bacon, too. When was the last time you saw bacon sold for 69 cents per 1lb package?

A long time ago, that’s when. For the food prices of yesteryear we give thanks — or a little cry.

How much did you pay per pound for your bird this year?

Prosecutor: 31-Year-Old Man Charged with Liability for Drug Overdose Death

A Long Branch man has been charged with the first-degree crime of strict liability for drug-induced death in connection with a February overdose, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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In Memoriam: A Look Back at Longtime Fair Havenite Jeanette Choma, 88

Fair Haven has lost another longtime resident. The lady who countless people saw year after year manning the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair’s Grab Bag Booth, affectionately known by many as “the balloon lady,” Jeanette Choma, passed away on Nov. 20. She was 88.

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Prosecutor: Man Charged with Endangerment Charges Involving Child Porn Distribution

A Hazlet Township man has been arrested on child endangerment charges in connection with an incident involving the distribution and possession of child sexual abuse materials, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Retro RFH Tower Players Stage Crew Playing

It’s all fun and games until … the RFH Tower Players crew finishes building the set … or show time … or something like that. You get the picture — or pictures.

The RFH Tower Players are playing on Nov. 20 with their pandemic time virtual production of Shuddersome: Tales of Poe.

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